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    Topeka Kansas Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

    Topeka Kansas Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence


    In Topeka, Kansas city officials are considering a controversial move to decriminalize domestic violence in the city after the Shawnee County government offloaded domestic violence enforcement on to city governments. Cities facing budget cuts and lost revenue are turning to many different cost-cutting measures, but this is perhaps the most extreme. Already, the county government has turned away at least 30 domestic violence cases.

    Ironically, the age of austerity may provide an out for people who abuse their wives, girlfriends, and children, but if the federal government gets its way, decriminalized marijuana will become a thing of the past. Apparently putting taxdollars to work locking up pot smokers and hippies is more important than protecting battered women.


    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain...stic-violence/
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    This is INSANE!


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    I can't even discuss this at this time. Are they insane?

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    How completely and utterly reprehensible. The people in Kansas that elected these morons should be turning out en masse to start the recall process and replace them with thinking human beings.

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    Angry Kan.'s capital city repeals domestic violence law

    This is an outrage !

    Kan.'s capital city repeals domestic violence law

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Over the past month, one by one, people suspected in domestic battery cases in northeast Kansas have been set free with no charges against them. Prosecutors say they're overwhelmed with felonies and, faced with budget cuts, can't afford to pursue the cases.

    Busted budgets have forced tough decisions by governments and law enforcement officials nationwide, but the Shawnee County district attorney's move to stop investigating domestic abuse and other misdemeanor cases has angered victims' advocates who say austerity has gone too far.

    The advocates are also outraged by the response from the capital city of Topeka, where the City Council and mayor repealed the city's domestic abuse law Tuesday night — a move designed to ensure the city wouldn't be stuck with the bill for prosecuting such cases.

    "I absolutely do not understand it," Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said after the vote. "It's really outrageous that they're playing with family safety to see who blinks first. People could die while they're waiting to straighten this out

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...KNWU00L2_UNEWS
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    I really didn't believe they would seriously consider going through with this. If they do, shame on them and I hope every, single one of them will be voted out next election.

    Horrific.

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    Yes apparently the 10% budget cut for 2012 is what kicked this into gear ! Well instead of whining now about how much it costs to prosecute domestic case, he will be complaing of how much it cost's to prosecute murder charges instead because he's an ignorant man who doesnt understand one dang thing about domestic viloence

    So I guess now in Kansas you can beat the carp out of your significant other and get away with it ! WTF ...
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    I think a lot of cities are in financial binds with no way by law to raise revenue.

    I'd be more sympathetic with Topeka's predicament had they chosen to de-criminalize non-violent crimes instead of this.

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    Well, I'll tell ya' that domestic violence perpetrators actions escolate. So, rather than attempting to nip the abuse before it gets too bad, in a few months they'll have more murder felony cases to deal with. Oh, and a missing abuse victim to search for.

    Then see how their 10% budget cut goes.


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    http://www.startribune.com/nation/131535748.html

    Repeal of Topeka, Kan., domestic violence ordinance leaves suspects free, victims scared

    TOPEKA, Kan. - Suspects in Topeka domestic violence cases are leaving jail without being charged, and advocates for abuse survivors say victims are growing more scared amid a public squabble over who should pay to prosecute the crimes.

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    The intent is to force the county's district attorney to back away from a budget-driven decision to stop prosecuting misdemeanors committed inside the city limits — including domestic assault and battery not involving a weapon.

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    Topeka has had at least 35 reported incidents of domestic battery or assault since early September. With those cases not being pursued, as of Friday, 18 people jailed have been released without facing charges, according to Topeka police

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<< full article at link >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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    This is reprehensible. All the women (and men) who are suffering through abuse and murdered each day and these "lawmakers" want to give them a pass.

    As a victim of spousal abuse I'm in shock. I lost a friend to spousal abuse. It was and is a hard thing to deal with. I think of her two girls growing up without their mother and always, always remembering the day their father sent them out of the house and they heard the gun shots that took their mother's life.

    By the way, he never spent a day in jail. Shot himself and supposedly lost all memory of the event. Remembers everything else and lives on a NC beach now.

    Because he has no memory of killing his wife he can't stand trial? He knew what he was doing when he did it.

    Now we have lawmakers saying its too expensive to handle these cases? If they want to make money why not levy fines everytime they go out on abuse calls?

    moo
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/


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    This brings so much sadness to my heart It reminds me that the year is 2011, but we haven't really changed from barbaric ways.
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    I can't even believe this is true.....unfortunately I know it is.

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    If they are planning on charging the perps with aggravated assaults etc and locking them up, I am OK with it.

    I have a hard time with crimes being characterized as DV or Child abuse etc. IMO it implies some kind of permissiveness for the violence between the parties because of a relationship.

    If someone walked up to someone on the street and beat/choked/kicked/threatened with a handgun/starved/tortured a stranger, they would be locked up immediately do not pass go.

    Some how, when it involves a couple, a parent/child etc, it is something less because it falls under a "domestic."

    My friend who experienced a number of incidents involving her husband (while they were in the process of divorcing) was given the option of having him taken out of the home and arrested.

    Why is this? Why was she given a choice? It was a pretty black and white situation. Further, we are dealing with victims who have a kind of Stockholm Syndrome from the length of time they have suffered and have hidden it, typically.

    In otherwords, call it what it is and take whatever action you would take if it were stranger on stranger. JMVHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by believe09 View Post
    If they are planning on charging the perps with aggravated assaults etc and locking them up, I am OK with it.

    I have a hard time with crimes being characterized as DV or Child abuse etc. IMO it implies some kind of permissiveness for the violence between the parties because of a relationship.

    If someone walked up to someone on the street and beat/choked/kicked/threatened with a handgun/starved/tortured a stranger, they would be locked up immediately do not pass go.

    Some how, when it involves a couple, a parent/child etc, it is something less because it falls under a "domestic."

    My friend who experienced a number of incidents involving her husband (while they were in the process of divorcing) was given the option of having him taken out of the home and arrested.

    Why is this? Why was she given a choice? It was a pretty black and white situation. Further, we are dealing with victims who have a kind of Stockholm Syndrome from the length of time they have suffered and have hidden it, typically.

    In otherwords, call it what it is and take whatever action you would take if it were stranger on stranger. JMVHO.
    I totally agree! IF they are planning on arresting them on assault and handling it the same as any other assault I can go along with it but if they aren't going to do anything then its wrong in every sense of the word.

    I know LE tends to ignore domestic violence in some areas. If they had not ignored a protective order my friend would still be alive. They ignored it so much they gave him a gun permit the day after she filed the order.

    moo
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Warning, sarcasm follows:

    Perhaps they are that short of money. Perhaps they do need to take cost saving measures. I can think of several more "decriminalizations" that could make life easier there. How about decriminalizing assaults on a public government offical? Disagree with a new law or public policy? Do what abusers would have done when they didn't like what was for supper or how the woman acted when she was out in the public. Beat the snot out of them. Don't like how your lawmaker is smoozing with campaign contributors? Douse them with gasoline and set them afire. Don't like some of the frivulous spending? Treat them like an abusive hubby might treat a wife who bought a new dress that hubby thought was too expensive or provocative.

    Perhaps then they will understand when they have to make a choice between life as they know it and their safety, then maybe they will get a glimpse of what an abused wife goes through.

    I do agree with Believe that if they wanted to turn them into assault charges, and follow through on prosecution just like any other prosecution, then maybe it would be ok.

    But I am afraid that what is happening is they want to get away from justice dept contributions to supportive services for abused women. And to not have to take weapons from abusers, and to not have to put monitors on stalkers. Yeah those are cost savers. But their state population is going to go down. And quickly. Won't that affect their tax base?
    Last edited by mysteriew; 10-12-2011 at 09:21 PM.

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